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Constituent may fight MP for seat

Stuart Maw
Mr Maw once campaigned on behalf of Elliot Morley

A constituent of Scunthorpe MP Elliot Morley is threatening to stand against him as an independent at the next general election if he does not quit.

Mr Morley was suspended from the Labour Party on Thursday after admitting claiming £16,000 in expenses for a mortgage that was already paid off.

He said it was a genuine mistake and he had paid the money back.

But businessman Stuart Maw, who campaigned for Mr Morley when he was first elected, said the MP must now go.

Mr Maw, who runs a grocery store in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, told BBC News: "I feel very strongly about what is happening in this country, I think everything has gone to the dogs basically.

"I feel very angry and bitter. All I see around me is a system full of corruption and sleaze.

Elliot Morley
Mr Morley has been suspended from the Labour Party

"I run a small business and we're finding it very hard in this recession.

"We are trying to do the best we can by abiding by the law, working hard and we seem to not to have any representation in this parliament.

"The time has now come for honesty in politics.

"Obviously I am not in a financial position to fund a campaign but if I can get people who agree with what I'm saying and are prepared to give financial support I would definitely be be prepared to stand against Elliot Morley."

Mr Maw said he feared disaffected voters would desert the three major political parties at the elections in June in favour of smaller parties.

"It terrifies me that people are going to leave the main parties in droves and go to the BNP," he said.

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